Cuba: more than 250 suspected cases of COVID-19; only four confirmed

Mar 17, 2020

A total of 259 patients are currently hospitalized in Cuba for epidemiological surveillance in the face of the COVID-19 threat. Of them, 90 are foreigners and 169 Cubans. Since last January 25, 272 persons have been hospitalized, according to José Ángel Portal Miranda, the island’s Minister of Public Health.

Portal Miranda points out that no new cases are reported and that 15,793 people are being monitored by the primary health care system, as part of the preventive and control measures, given the spread of the new coronavirus, which is already affecting a total of 125 countries from where more than 156,000 cases are reported.

Of the four confirmed cases on the island, three are Italian citizens.

The other case is a Cuban resident in the province of Villa Clara. All are maintaining a favorable evolution.

Regarding the two direct contacts of the Cuban patient, including a one-year-old girl, both tested negative for the COVID-19.

Among the hospitalized was the case of Adrián Fleites Zapata, the patient who may have been case zero in Cuba, as he was in direct contact with an infected woman from Panama in recent days.

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